prom dresses

(36 Posts)
fourkids Thu 08-Nov-12 13:18:05

Hi, I wonder if any mums can advise me about prom dresses please? I realise this is early to be thinking about a prom next summer, but I thought I might drag DD into town after Christmas to see if we can pick up a bargain in the sales.

DD is going to be sooooooo far out of her comfort zone in a dress, that I want to be able to help...so does anyone know what sort of thing they wear please? full length/calf length/knee length? black or coloured? sequins? diamonds? (not real obviously) straps/strapless? silk/chiffon/velvet? fitted and slinky/or big princessy skirt?

I know. I sound useless. In my day, when you finished your O levels you got your mates to write all over your school shirt and went home to watch telly. Or hung around on a street corner with all your newly found free time. I am also out of my comfort zone!

Bromptonaut Fri 09-Nov-12 22:55:16

Depends on the girl and what's normal for their image I think.

DD went in yr 11 Prom a plain black knee length dress, V neck with a bit of cleavage. Supplemented it with a mauve shawl/scarf. But essentially she's an outdoor lass; happy biking in lycra or walking in breeches.

Some of her mates in ballgowns and uplifted boobs looked OK but far too many were gypsy wedding style.

The Lad's female companion at his was also modest, though she had the height to carry off a gown.

sashh Sat 10-Nov-12 04:20:42

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It's been a few (10+) years since I lived there but I got a black velvet strapless dress one year and a lemon taffeta silk hand finished dress the following year, they were £10 and £12.

The velevet one was from the British Heart Foundatioin shop, maybe worth calling to check they still exist and see what they have.

misstrunchball Sun 11-Nov-12 22:37:53

My DD1 is already looking and trying on. Saw a beautiful one in a hire shop, was strapless and what I would say was proper ball gown with the big full skirt and she looked gorgeous. Was £120 to hire but only £150 to buy shock... They did tell us that if she went for it they would note down her school and not let anybody else have the same dress so earlier is probably better.

But.... she had decided on a design and, luckily, we know someone who makes dancing costumes so she will be having a go at making it for us. It won't be cheap as some of the material she has chosen is £4 odd a metre and we need 25 metres.... At least nobody else will have the same dress.

overthehill Sun 11-Nov-12 22:53:51

My dd had hers last year and got a tasteful burgundy strapless dress from Coast. It was knee length, and only two of her friends had long dresses, with most having quite short ones and a variety of styles and colours (ranging from puffy to a-line, black to pale blue).

Having a look at dresses from last year/from another school that has theirs earlier is a good idea, and my dd did that. There was also a group where people posted a pic of their dress in an attempt to ensure that two people didn't buy the same.

justkeepgoing Wed 14-Nov-12 15:45:13

A couple of years ago for us, but mostly long dresses. My friend had a nightmare with ordering from China - didn't arrive on time and was a size too big when it finally came. DD1 went for one shoulder grecian in red jersey material. Try www.walk-in-wardrobe.co.uk. A bit expensive I thought, but some people pay ridiculous money. Try good old ASOS under maxi dresses, its hard to beat the price

MrsTwankey Sat 17-Nov-12 17:22:50

DD had hers a couple of years ago. Wore knee length dress, fitted bodice and thin straps. Bit of diamante across the bodice and sparkling silver shoes. I thought (as all mothers do) she looked beautiful. Quite a few girls wore floor length dresses and IMO they didn't look right in them. The dresses were too old for them.
Went to the Trafford Centre for ours and was expecting to be there for ages. Found perfect dress straight away in Debenhams. It wasn't horrendously expensive but it's now still sitting in her wardrobe.

dexter73 Sat 17-Nov-12 17:44:33

I took dd dress shopping today for a ball and she bought this dress. She looks gorgeous in it and it was a bargain! TK Maxx had some nice dresses too.

MrsTwankey Sat 17-Nov-12 17:47:50

dexter just had a look at your dress. It's beautiful (forget what I said about floor length). My favourite colour as well!

dexter73 Sat 17-Nov-12 17:54:09

I guess it just depends what is worn at different schools. At dd's school they always seem to wear long dresses but at my friends dd's school they go for cocktail dresses. It is lovely to see them all dressed up instead of jeans and a hoody!

fourkids Thu 22-Nov-12 11:13:36

Thanks for all the advice - got a beautiful dress, brand new, 75% off on ebay. I thought I'd do it now in case it didn't fit or she didn't like it - but luckily it is perfect. So now I just have to take the hem up and store it - somewhere where we can find it next summer!

My tip having now researched this and gone through it is, if mail ordering, to look for a dress that laces up the back so it is more likely to fit (all my DDs who are very different in shape and size, have had the dress on and it can be laced up in such a way that it fits them all).

Madoldlady Fri 30-Nov-12 20:53:36

we found a fabulous dress in a 2nd hand vintage store, we bargained with the store owner and got accessories thrown in, she looked so beautiful. And to save a £ or two on hair (I'm not very girly) I watched hours or youtube tutorials and did her hair myself, and even if I say so myself it looked a lot better than those girls who'd spent half the day getting a generic "up-do" at the local salon!
Good Luck though, getting to that point was sheer hell! ha ha ha!

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